Step back, take a holistic view and stop looking at radicalization (only) from a security perspective.
Avoid tunnel vision: involve multiple disciplines in counter-radicalisation work.
Radicalisation is a gradual process — not a one-time decision — and the process is unique for each individual and group.
Apply interventions in the preventive stage aimed at self-esteem, agency, empathy towards out-groups and managing negative emotions.
Effective interventions help create a positive identity and a trusting relationship between first line workers and radicalised individuals.
To help you navigate through the SAFIRE activities we present on this website, the structure is based on how people make decisions. Decisions do not usually come just from a flash of inspiration. When people are confronted with complex decisions, they follow a process, such as the one illustrated here.
Decision making processes can be useful for thinking about the work we have done on radicalisation and with violent radicals: we observe behaviour in order to identify the threat it poses to security, we orient ourselves with our options and decide the best course of action. In this way, for example, we could opt to use a preventive intervention on high-risk youth to reduce potential threat or use a more suppressive measure to curtail the behaviour of individuals we know to be dangerous. Finally, we implement the chosen course of action.
We will use this process as a framework for the website to provide both context and coherence for the various activities in the SAFIRE project, each of which maps onto at least one of the steps in the loop.
If you click on one of the steps in the OODA process, you will find more information on the step and relevant Focus documents.